The Chargé in Japan (Bell) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 8—1:12 p.m.]
266. Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs told me today informally that Japan intends to withdraw from Vladivostok at the opportune moment. He said, however, that the Japanese can not evacuate until they receive satisfactory guarantees with regard to the position of Japanese interests and subjects after the Japanese troops have left. It was intimated that for this reason the Japanese would not evacuate in the immediate future.